crawfish

Crawfish are freshwater crustaceans that look like small lobsters. A good place to find crawfish is the southeastern region of the United States — in fact, the crawfish is the official state crustacean of Louisiana!

Depending on where you are, you may hear crawfish referred to as "crayfish," "crawdads," "freshwater lobsters," or even "mudbugs." This last name comes from the crustacean's tendency to hang out in muddy freshwater streams, brooks, swamps, and ditches. The word crawfish comes from crayfish and its Old French source, escrevisse . If you order crawfish in restaurant, be prepared to crack them open and peel them like shrimp.

Primary Meanings of crawfish

1.
n
small freshwater decapod crustacean that resembles a lobster
2.
n
large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters
3.
v
make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity
Full Definitions of crawfish
1

n small freshwater decapod crustacean that resembles a lobster

Synonyms:
crawdad, crawdaddy, crayfish
Types:
Old World crayfish, ecrevisse
small crayfish of Europe and Asia and western North America
American crayfish
common large crayfishes of eastern North America
Type of:
decapod, decapod crustacean
crustaceans characteristically having five pairs of locomotor appendages each joined to a segment of the thorax

n tiny lobster-like crustaceans usually boiled briefly

Synonyms:
crawdad, crayfish, ecrevisse
Type of:
shellfish
meat of edible aquatic invertebrate with a shell (especially a mollusk or crustacean)
2

n large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters

Synonyms:
crayfish, langouste, rock lobster, sea crawfish, spiny lobster
Type of:
lobster
any of several edible marine crustaceans of the families Homaridae and Nephropsidae and Palinuridae
3

v make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity

“We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him”
Synonyms:
back away, back out, crawfish out, pull back, pull in one's horns, retreat, withdraw
draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw
pull back or move away or backward

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